NEW ZEALAND – Anti-abortion clause to remove abortion clinic safe zones from an otherwise progressive abortion bill passed when no one was paying attention

In February 2020, the Select Committee of the NZ Parliament received more than 25,000 submissions on the abortion law reform bill, which if passed will remove abortion from the Crimes Act. On 9 March 2020, in its second reading, in a confused vote in Parliament, MPs did away with part of the Abortion Legislation Bill that would have made legally protected ‘safe zones’ possible outside abortion clinics on a case-by-case basis. MP David Seymour’s amendment to … Continued

AUSTRALIA/ NORTHERN TERRITORY – Northern Territory abortion waiting times decrease since 2017 law reform

The average waiting time for a surgical abortion in the Northern Territory (NT) dropped from three weeks to two weeks since the abortion law was reformed in 2017, but nearly two-thirds of women are still waiting longer than clinical guidelines recommend. Research published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in January 2020 analysed surgical abortion data from 2012 to 2017 in one public hospital in the NT. It also examined … Continued

SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Abortion: A Review of South Australian Law and Practice

Abortion: A Review of South Australian Law and Practice by John Williams, David Plater, Anita Brunacci, Sarah Kapadia and Melissa Oxlad, South Australian Law Reform Institute, Report 13, October 2019 Department for Health and Wellbeing Response to SALRI report Abortion: A Review of South Australian Law, November 2019 The South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI), based at the University of Adelaide, recommended major changes to South Australian abortion laws in a 560-page report to the … Continued

AUSTRALIA – New tele-abortion service opens, in wake of the closure of the Tabbot Foundation, especially for women in rural and regional areas

A new tele-abortion service, called Abortion Online, was launched in mid-October 2019 in New South Wales, which provides medical abortion consultations online or over the phone, removing the need to travel to an abortion clinic in person.

AUSTRALIA NSW – Abortion decriminalised in NSW after “mammoth debate”

There were emotional scenes in parliament as abortion was decriminalised in NSW. The New South Wales parliament has passed a law decriminalising abortion more than a century after it was included in the state’s criminal code. Overnight, the Upper House finally passed the bill and the next morning the Lower House approved its amendments. The state’s Premier Gladys Berejiklian was nowhere to be seen in the chamber when it happened, but said she would have … Continued

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